Glacier National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the United States of America (USA) close to the border of Canada. My husband, my daughter and I drove from Seattle through the scenic highways to Montana, then down to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Many people do not know that you only need one ticket per car which costs $80 to see all the National Parks in the US, valid for one year! Maps are provided and there are visitor centers that have friendly and informed staff.
You can find lodging in the Park itself but you need to book well in advance as it fills up quickly. Since we are big procrastinators, we could not find a suitable Airbnb in the US. This worked to our advantage since we stayed just across the border in Alberta, Canada and were able to also see the Waterton National Park and breathtaking views of the sunset in the countryside. If you decide to go to Waterton, make sure you have a meal at the Prince of Wales hotel which has a spectacular view and friendly staff.
Unlike Yellowstone National Park, you need to hike to get to scenic spots and hidden lakes. The hikes are relatively easy but it’s worth to invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. The east part of the Park is much prettier than the west side – so if you only have a day, it would be best spent on the east side.
There are also water falls in Glacier Park and you can jump into the water from a height so don’t forget your swimming suit if you are interested. There are bear signs everywhere, so if you are going with young children or don’t fancy running into them, be sure to carry a bell that comes with or without a pepper spray!
We were told that 25% of the glaciers have already disappeared due to global warming – they estimate that by 2038 there will be none left if it continues at this rate. So be sure to visit while the glaciers are still there and the water level is relatively high.